Hell Is for Heroes

Synopsis: World War II drama where the action centers around a single maneuver by a squad of GIs in retaliation against the force of the German Siegfried line. Reese joins a group of weary GIs unexpectedly ordered back into the line when on their way to a rest area. While most of the men withdraw from their positions facing a German pillbox at the far side of a mine-field, half a dozen men are left to protect a wide front. By various ruses, they manage to convince the Germans that a large force is still holding the position. Then Reese leads two of the men in an unauthorized and unsuccessful attack on the pillbox, in which the other two are killed; and when the main platoon returns, he is threatened with court-martial. Rather that face the disgrace, and in an attempt to show he was right, he makes a one-man attack on the pillbox.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Don Siegel
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min


you seen Homer?

Not since chow.

I sent him to get a pen

and paper about an hour ago.

I got paper,

but I'm using this.

For how long?

When you got kids,

you have to write

something special to each one.

You got a pen?

What's to write?

If I say we're coming home,

they'll censor it.

Hey, who's that?




Yes, Sergeant.

Come here.

Whose truck is this?

It was just sitting here.

It needed fixing, huh?

She's running

a little sloppy.

What was wrong?

Well, I'm not sure.

Do me a favor.

Put it back together.

Hey, Corby.

Oh, good afternoon,


You still charging

5 bucks a fountain pen?

They're 7.50.

7.50 now.

8.50 with ink.

I need a volunteer

for detail.

For you,

they're only $5.00, Sarge.

That purple ink's

very passionate.


I'll take it.

See me payday.

You dirty...

Hey, Homer.

Homer, come here.

Yo, Homer!

Hey! Over here!

Come here.

Where you been,

goofing off again?

No goof.

Get paper.

Not Homer's fault.

Big trouble.

Fall down.

[Speaking Polish]

Wait a minute.

Come here, Kolinsky.

What happened this time?

[Speaking Polish]

He didn't goof off.

He did what you told him.

He bought

the paper and pen.

A jeep sideswiped him.

He fell in the mud.

He lost the pen.

Lost pen.

Lost pen.

Uh, turned the mud


and he couldn't find

the pen.

Me ashamed lose pen.

I gave you $3.00.

Where's my change?

No money.

Lose, too.

That's a crock.


I'll lay you 10 to 1

he spent it on a bottle.

No bottle.

No drink.

All right, all right.

Homer, forget it.

You better get cleaned up,

especially if you want to see

the captain today.


We go see captain.

I'll take him to the fountain

and clean him up.


wait a minute.

You got a size 40

field jacket?

What's wrong with the one

you're wearing?

It's for him.

What kind of outfit is that?

He's not a soldier.

I guess it'll be okay.



This pen broke down


"yours" and "truly."

That's a very sexy pen,


Maybe it got bored.

On the square, when do you

think we'll go home?

I don't know.

Sergeant Pike don't know.

I asked him.

Could be anytime, J.J.


1 st Platoon, 2nd Squad.

Take it easy, soldier.


You 2nd Squad?


It's about time they're

sending us some new men.

I'm Henshaw.

I'm a little greasy.


2nd Squad?

End of the hall.


Reese, huh?

You're three days late.

I met a friend.

Where, at the bar?

Where do I put this?

Pick a spot anywhere.

How would you

like to buy

a sterling silver

punch bowl?

It's a genuine antique.

I'll throw in 36 cups...

and a ladle.

What do we have here?

A brand-new market, Sarge.

Hey, how are you, buddy?

As you can see, we eat

very well around here.

If you need anything,

I'm the guy to see.

If I don't have it,

I can get it.

Beat it.

Excuse me.

I didn't recognize you,


I think Sergeant Pike's

coming to the 1 st Squad.

Ready to go, Corby?

Just about.

Might be it, Sarge.

Could be.

What's the word, Sarge?

Larkin, saddle up.

We're moving tonight.


Where's the boat leave from,

England or France?

They might fly us.

Oh, I like that.

Assemble the company

at the church.

Move your squad there

by 2100.

% % We'll be waitin'

at the church for you% %

Right. We'll be there.

% % Waitin' at the church% %

New man report in yet?

He just got here.

His name is Reese.

That's him sitting

in the corner.

% %... The church on time% %

% % Whoop doo% %

% % We're gonna go home% %

% % We're gonna go home% %

% % Hallelujah,

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Robert Pirosh

Robert Pirosh (April 1, 1910 – December 25, 1989) was an American motion picture and television screenwriter and director. more…

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